Politics & Policy

#BipartisanshipForFreedom in North Korea

The Sony hacking can an be impetus for Congress and Obama to promote human rights in North Korea.

As a long and politically tortuous — no pun intended — 2014 comes to a close, both Congress and President Obama are woefully unpopular with the U.S. public. Much of this comes from a perception that the parties simply aren’t willing to prioritize the nation’s many problems instead of squabbling over partisanship and self-promotion.

The Sony hacking may provide a rare chance for both parties to stand together for the safety and liberty of the American people and for the human rights of the North Korean people.

As things stand, Sony has canceled the release of The Interview, a $44 million production, in light of the terrorist threat that U.S. officials say came from the North Korean government. Likewise, theaters that intended to show the anti–North Korean movie Team America had to cancel those plans after Paramount refused to allow the showings.

Unfortunately, the panic caused by this attack on a U.S. film studio, including a threat to the U.S. public, has played right into the hands of the people behind the hacking.

So far, President Obama has refused to bow to the terrorist threat, telling ABC News that “my recommendation would be that people go to the movies.” Similarly, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that “the president and the administration stand squarely on the side of artists and other private citizens who seek to freely express their views.”

Now it’s time for President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D., Nev.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) to join together and take the next step in opposing this state-sanctioned act of economic terrorism. Per the suggestion of Allen Ginzburg, they should show The Interview at the White House and invite North Korean expatriates to speak of the horrible atrocities the people of that nation face.

I’ll go one step further and recommend that congressional leaders also show The Interview at the Capitol. Not only would this be a good move politically for both parties, but it would show the North Korean leadership that the U.S. government will not run before tin-pot dictators.

As importantly, it would also show that our nation’s leaders take the safety and liberty of their citizens seriously, and stand against the human-rights violations of the North Korean people.

And those violations are atrocious. Not even pregnant women and their children are excused from torment, torture, and death.

After 9/11, President Bush told the American people to go shopping to show al-Qaida that the U.S. public would not cower in the face of terrorism. By showing #BipartisanshipForFreedom through the screening of The Interview, Congress and President Obama would end 2014 in a way that empowers America and the world.

— Dustin Siggins is the D.C. correspondent for LifeSiteNews, a former blogger with Tea Party Patriots, and co-author of the forthcoming book America’s Bankrupt Legacy: The Future of the Debt-Paying Generation.

 

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